Transport links between the Isles of Scilly and the mainland are of critical importance to the Isles of Scilly and its tourism dependent economy. In 2011 the Government decided not to fund a replacement ferry/freight vessel after 7 years of project planning. As a result the current 35 year old vessel is having its operational life extended from 35 to 41 years. In parallel, BIH, the operator of the helicopter service from Penzance to the Isles of Scilly has decided to cease operations from Penzance in Oct 2012 and sell the heliport site. This leaves just one fixed wing, weather vulnerable, air service to provide a passenger service to the islands for 5 months of the year.
FRIST has been created to help ensure a better understanding of islanders' transport needs and the unsustainability of current transport arrangements. There has been underinvestment in transport infrastructure supporting the Isles of Scilly and this is threatening dire consequences for the islands' tourist based economy and adverse effects on the economy of Penzance & West Cornwall
FRIST seeks a reliable, affordable, all year round lifeline transport links with the mainland. FRIST seeks no more and no less than the service provided for comparable islands elsewhere in the UK.